platinum oasis project:
(vice squad dicks, Rampart Division #32)
this is part of a show that is being currated by ron
athey and dr. vaginal cream davis
at the coral sands motel in hollywood.
This hotel is a notorious gay cruising spot and a very nasty place in general.
The show is being sponsored by and is part of outfest
2001 and is part of their platinum
here is our plan
Concept: gather a bunch of men in a sleazy hotel room for a bought of anonymous
gay sex with people they have never met. As soon as the participants arrive
they are asked to fill out a release form. This release form is similar to
a standard release for use of likeness in video reproduction except that in
addition it has an attachment where the participants outline their sexual
wants, needs, and limits. The organizers (bill van rooy and benjamin james
godsill & CO) then compile the 'sexual needs and wants' portion of the questionnaire
and use it to create numbered cards for each individual that in a easy to
read graphical manner show that individuals needs, wants and limits. The individual
is given a numbered tag corresponding to their 'graphical interface sheet'
to wear around their necks for the duration of the 'shows' taping. Participants
are then asked to select, from the cards that are laid out, partner(s) who's
want, needs, and limits match with their own. william van rooy and benjamin
james godsill the artists will take part in all these stages
Once the combinations are sorted out and partnerships are arranged and agreed
to the various combinations proceed to take part in the prescribed activities
in either the bathroom or on/near the bed of the motel room
While the activities are taking place one or more cameras in one or more
the of following formats; DV, Mini-DV, VHS, Hi-8, and super-8mm are used to
film the activities from a variety of angles and perspectives.
The various records of the encounters will then be edited into three continuous
loops, locked down with no sound and then transferred to VHS or another easily
For the actual show the bed will be cleared from what is hopefully the same
hotel room and musical synthesizers will be installed by william van rooy,
robert zimmer, and all other participating
musicians. against the back wall of the room. A video projector
will be installed and it will be aimed up against the piece of wall and the
floor where the bed once was (with the addition of butcher paper on the floor
if necessary). The edited videotape of the activities that took place on the
bed will then be displayed where the bed once stood. The bathroom of the hotel
room will be littered with used (appearing) condoms, half empty bottles of
lube, pornographic magazines and other various appendages of decedent behavior.
edited video of what took place in the shower will be looped and played on
a closed circuit television in the shower (with the water running if technically
feasible). This display will only show things that took place in that shower
including but not limited to the taking of my anal virginity by a female with
a strap on and any water sports action that takes place. Likewise on the projection
in the main room only what took place on or near the bed will be displayed
Through out all of this william van rooy and his musical partner will
create a combination of prerecorded and live sounds to accompany the video.
There will also be an accompanying booklet, printed in black ink
on clear plastic outlining the methods of what we did and pictures
of the release forms and graphical interface cards that were used.
to take part in this event as a participent please contact ben